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Raisio plc's Research Foundation

The Board of Directors of the Research Foundation has decided to award a total of EUR 112,000 in post graduate research grants for 2023.

Our Research Foundation​

Raisio plc’s Research Foundation supports scientific research primarily related to the development of foods, food ingredients and their production methods.​ The Research Foundation also supports research related to safety of food products and commercialization of food products.​

In recent years, the Foundation has executed its activity by awarding personal salary grants for postgraduate studies aiming at a doctoral degree. In addition, the foundation organizes science seminars and awards recognition scholarships to well executed master’s theses.

Raisio plc’s Research Foundation Grants

Raisio plc’s Research Foundation announces doctoral research grants for the year 2024. The application period is 1.–31.10.2023.

When evaluating grant applications, emphasis is placed on goal-oriented doctoral programs. The quality of the grant application is also taken into account. Grants may be admitted for postgraduate studies within the scope of the Raisio plc’s Research Foundation grant policy to persons aiming to complete a doctoral dissertation. These Grants are intended for full-time postgraduate studies.

Signed applications must be received by midnight on 31 October 2023. Admitted grants will be announced to applicants by November 30th, 2023.

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A donation of EUR 500 000 for a professorship in Food Development with special focus on Nordic foods​

In 2018, Raisio plc’s Research Foundation decided to donate funds to the University of Turku to a professorship in the Food Chemistry and Food Development Unit of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The new professorship focuses on the study of the plants cultivated in Finland, supports the export of Finnish foods that are based on sustainable development, and promotes well-being by advancing the development of healthy foods.​

The donation covers the basic funding of the professorship for the first five years, i.e., 2019–2023. The University of Turku appointed PhD Kati Hanhineva for the position.

Read more from University of Turku’s online news​


The Board of the Foundation

Members of the Board of the Raisio plc’s Research Foundation:
President, CEO Pekka Kuusniemi, Raisio plc, Chairman of the Board
Professor Maija Tenkanen​, University of Helsinki
Member of the Board Erkki Haavisto, Raisio plc
Professor Tapio Salmi, Åbo Akademi
Ph.D. Jussi Manninen, VTT
Product Development Director Aino Sivonen, Raisio plc


General topics related to Foundation and scholarships: tutkimussaatio(at) 

Representative: Director of Research, Ingmar Wester, ingmar.wester(at), Tel. 050 601 32​